Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Telepresence revisited

Read a story today about South Korean children being taught English remotely using robots and telepresence.  This is a twist on the use of telepresence in healthcare with the use of concepts like eICU.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Understanding a Possible Source of Botnets

Last week a Russian man, accused of responsibility for over a third of distributed spam, was arrested.  I have discussed botnets in an earlier blog.  The information on the arrest provides background on this annoying crime.  The man is responsible for the Mega-D automated botnet. 

The 23-year old Oleg Nikolaenko pleaded not guilty, but was denied bail because he was considered a flight risk. According to the article about the accused at - the man has been followed for the past three years.  According to the article the spammer earned almost half a million dollars in just six months during 2007.

The botnets spue spam ranging from erectile dysfunction drugs, to herbal remedies, and counterfeit watches. The botnet originator is termed a "bot herder."  Bot herders control targeted computers, known as "zombies," from a remote location. "Honeypots" are used to track the bad guys.  To find out more, you might want to read a How Stuff Works article at

Friday, December 3, 2010

Health Information Technology Articles

The CARING-ANIA listserv member shared some articles that they found helpful.  I am noting them below

Kitzmiller, R., Anderson, R., & McDaniel, R. (2010). Making sense of health information technology implementation: A qualitative study protocol. Implementation Science, 5(1), 95. Retrieved from

Clancy, T. R., Delaney, C. W., Segre, A., Carley, K., Kuziak, A., & Yu, H. (2007). Predicting the impact of an electronic health record on practice patterns using computational modeling and simulation. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 145-149.

Hendrich A., Chow, M. P., Skierczynski, B. A. & Lu, D. (2008). A 36-Hospital Time and Motion Study: How Do Medical-Surgical Nurses Spend Their Time? The Permanente Journal, 12(3). Retrieved from